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Fracking Confidential.

Are you enjoying the end of a rather splendid Summer  by spending it protesting against something you know absolutely nothing about, but which you have been told is evil incarnate?  Er just because it makes a profit and may very well cut your energy bills by half?

Have you had your picture taken with a parachuted in disapproving  international Celebrity like designer Vivienne Westwood, who is as clueless as you are? Been arrested with our one and only Green MP Caroline Lucas then?

Oh come on! some of you must want your name in the papers? No takers yet?

PS Will you be turning up in equal numbers when HS2 starts trashing our Green and Pleasant, all to shave 20 minutes off the travelling time from London to Birmingham?

No thought not!

10 Comments

  1. john in cheshire says:

    RAB, spot on. We are currently living in the land of stupid; and self-harming stupid at that.

  2. John Galt says:

    Not that the counter arguments are equal, but HS2 will cost the taxpayer between £32.7bn and £80bn depending on whether you believe the proponents (UK Gov & EU) or the opponents (Daily Mail & UKIP) and as with all such state extravagances, the taxpayer ends up footing the bill regardless.

    As for fracking, it delivers relatively cheap natural gas, a product which is easy to use as fuel for power generation, is fairly localized, enhances the UK’s energy security and by definition reduces our dependence on Russian gas imports.

    As such, I can understand perfectly why “useful idiots” like Caroline Lucas MP would wish to undermine it. :-)

    The arguments against Fracking may have had some merit when the technology was originally pioneered in the US in the late 1940′s, but nowadays arguments about water contamination or earthquakes are just eco-wibble put out by the watermelons to justify their own existence.

    In all seriousness, Cuadrilla should take out an injunction against the bitch.

  3. Paul Marks says:

    It is a matter of private property. If “fracking” really does damage the property of others (for example by polluting water supplies) then the company should be sued.

    But I know of no successful court actions – even in the United States (where tort law has been twisted into a dream for being who enjoy taking legal cases against others).

    This leads me to believe that the entire “anti fracking” movement is based upon drivel.

  4. Julie near Chicago says:

    Trust Paul to throw the cold light of reason onto the topic! :>)

  5. NickM says:

    Ah, HS2… Virgin can currently take me from London to Manchester in 2hrs 8m. Now when you factor in the faffing about getting to and from stations the miniscule time savings of HS2 what is the fucking point? Not least it’s old tech that will be running by the late 2020s. They might as well piss the GBP80bn (and that’s the IEA estimate too) up the fucking wall. In fact as far as me and an awful lot of people in South Manchester/East Cheshire/West Derbyshire are concerned we take the train from Stockport (not to be served by HS2) so… It is probable the Virgin service will still be quicker and certainly cheaper.

    Oh and by old tech check this out…

    http://news.sky.com/story/1127829/elon-musk-unveils-hyperloop-futuristic-travel

    Now that might be bullshit but Elon Musk has a hell of a, er, track record…

    PS. And BTW the one thing that holds me up going into Manchester Piccadilly from my home station is waiting for a platform. God knows how they’ll increas platform capacity there without leveling a significant chunk of the city.

    PPS. In case you hadn’t noticed I hate HS2. I have blogged before and worked out it was enough to buy a brand-new Ford Focus for every man, woman, child and babe in arms in the West Midlands conurbation. At double the cost we can add Greater Manchester to that. So where’s my fucking car? And why, given that radial train routes in and out of London are OK but the Transpennine route linking Liverpool, Manchester, Huddersfield, Leeds, York, Hull… is chronic. Why not spend the money (if it has to be spent) on the “M62 route”?

    PPS. And the economics of HS2 is arse over tit – but more on that later.

  6. Roue le Jour says:

    HS2 = ZilRail

    For the Euro apparatchiks to travel around their dominion after they’ve trashed the aviation industry.

  7. RAB says:

    They’ll be the only ones who can afford a ticket too, roue. It is currently cheaper to fly from one part of the UK to another than take the train.

    You’d think the clowns would have learned from the Channel Tunnel fiasco, but no on they go with their vanity projects costed on the back of an envelope.

  8. John Galt says:

    In fairness to the Channel Tunnel, that was a real leap into the dark as far as the technical feasibility of the project and the number of customers they could steal from the ferries (which were already competitive). The repeated restructuring of the debt shows that even the banks couldn’t effectively estimate the profitability versus the cost over the Channel Tunnel’s lifetime.

    HS2 is radically different and even at the governments preferred measure of the cost (with its heroic assumptions) the cost/benefit ratio is very marginal. The only reason they are proceeding at all is because it is essentially an EU diktat and they still believe in the Keynesian dogma.

    I have no expectation that any of this will change anytime soon.

  9. Single Acts of Tyranny says:

    “The only reason they are proceeding at all is because it is essentially an EU diktat and they still believe in the Keynesian dogma.

    I have no expectation that any of this will change anytime soon”

    And thus the failure of modern politics, or at least one of them.

    They all think the same way, they are demonstrably wrong and it makes no difference at all.

  10. Sam Duncan says:

    “PS. And BTW the one thing that holds me up going into Manchester Piccadilly from my home station is waiting for a platform. God knows how they’ll increas platform capacity there without leveling a significant chunk of the city.”

    From what I’ve read around the ‘net, everyone expects that they’ll have to build a whole new station at Birmingham too. Which’ll be nice and cheap.

    I think our lot here in Glasgow are thinking ahead, though. Half of what used to be St. Enoch station has never been built on. I’m convinced that it’s being kept clear for when the HS line eventually reaches us. By which time we’ll all be commuting to the moons of Jupiter by matter transferance beam.

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